Who's Who

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Dominic Riley


Dominic is a self-employed restorer, designer binder, teacher, writer, lecturer and occasional film-maker. He has worked in London, New York and San Francisco, and is a past president of the Hand Bookbinders of California.

He won both first prizes and the Mansfield Medal in the Designer Bookbinders 2007 competition, and was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. He spends part of the year teaching in the USA with Michael Burke, and has his bindery in the Lake District.

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David Brown


Before taking up bookbinding I worked in Shipping and Commerce. I finally joined IBM where I spent a 27 year career, gaining experience in many aspects of business including Administration, Conference & Exhibition Organising, Business Management and Development, Product Management and Marketing and Sales. I took the opportunity of early retirement in the late 1990s.

In retirement I wanted to expand my interests, learn new skills and take on something more practical. Bookbinding seemed to be the ideal choice. After a few short courses to see if I would make a relatively able binder I joined the Society and have been a member for 20 years.

Whilst practising binding I volunteered to take on other activities for the SoB. In 2005 and 2007 I was the Treasurer on the Conferences and in 2009 and 2011 I was the overall Organiser. For around 15 years I have served on the London & South Regional Committee. Ten of those years were spent as Chair of the Committee and attending Council as Trustee and Regional Representative.

I was also a Trustee and Director on the board of an independent cinema for 10 years, the last 3 of which I served as Chair before stepping down in August 2018.

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Mike Summers


Mike graduated as a Chemical Engineer in 1974 and had a career in engineering and project management of international oil and gas projects, mostly with BP and Shell. He is retired and lives in Surrey.

A love of literature and browsing secondhand book shops fostered his interest in bookbinding. He was taught initially by Nick Cowlishaw at Guildford College, and subsequently at the late John Mitchell’s bindery in Woking. He joined the London & South Region in 2002.

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Claire Redfern


Prior to taking up a career in bookbinding I worked as both a legal and medical PA for both several London and local firms and in the NHS. I also worked as a Counsellor in General Practice for 5 years and as a counsellor in Victim Support. In 1998, following a serious illness, I decided I wanted a career change and enrolled at the Guildford College of Technology on their 2 year Diploma course in Bookbinding and Conservation. During that time, I was privileged to have as my tutors were Maureen Duke, Lestor Capon, Mark Cockram and Glenn Bartley. After gaining my Diploma I practiced as a self-employed bookbinder out of Community Art Studios in Shoreham by Sea and privately. Maureen Duke encouraged me to join and become active in the Society of Bookbinders and over the years I have held the following positions: Regional Secretary – L&S, Chair of L&S, Regional Representative and Trustee for L&S, National Secretary serving with Gordon Hartley, Tim Gulliford and Dermott Creece. I served on E&T from its inception in 2001 at various times and eventually became Chair until October 2020. I am also member of the team which delivers the Seminars.

National Council
The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary with the regional representatives form the National Council.

Regional Representatives

Each UK Region elects a representative annually at the Region’s AGM who serves on the Council of the Society for the following year. The current representative for a particular Region may be contacted through the Regional Secretary – contact details in the information for that Region.

Event and Department Organisers

The Society’s activities could not be sustained without a dedicated group of members who take responsibility for various aspects of Society life. These members may attend Council meetings and they advise the Council on progress in the areas for which they are responsible. These include:

Education and Training (including the biennial Seminar)
Conference (alternating with the Seminar)
International Competition
Editor of the National Newsletter
Public Relations and Social Media